The internet is a place of endless cruelty – people are protected behind their screens to say whatever they want without having to suffer any consequences. Lizzie Velasquez has become the victim of “memes” across the internet, people use her photos, add text over them, and make fun of her for being ugly.
The thing which makes this a particularly unfair way to treat Lizzie is that she isn’t “ugly”, she’s sick. Lizzie has a rare congenital disorder called Marfan Syndrome. Her body has no ability to store fat.
The 27 year old motivation speaker decided she wasn’t going to read cruel comments about her anymore. She took to Facebook late in the night and posted the following:
I’ve seen a ton of memes like this all over Facebook recently. I’m writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice. Yes, it’s very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love not hurtful words via a screen. Xoxo Lizzie
Subsequently her followers came to her defense, flagging these photos online. Eventually Facebook removed the pages in question.
Hearing one of Lizzie’s motivational speeches is really something, see if you like what she has to say below: